Hometown: Newton, Kansas
- What’s your major? Why did you choose it?
- Right now, I’m not for sure on a major. But people tell me that’s ok! I do have a direction and plan to have a major declared by the end of the year. I’m leaning towards a major in the sciences because I would like to do something in the medical field. I have several family members who are currently in the field now. My sister is a Pharmacists and Bethel Alum. I’ve always had the desire to want to help people and I’m hoping a medical career will have the fulfillment I’m looking for. It is also a great plus that Bethel is so strong in the sciences!
- What brought you to Bethel?
- Honestly, being from Newton, Bethel was the last place I wanted to go. Even though I am from Newton I wasn’t that familiar with the school. My sister is an alumnus and I knew they had great academics. I wanted to go somewhere big and far away. I visited a variety of sizes of schools all over Kansas and a number out of state. Bethel was my last stop. It turned out to be everything I was looking for. Out of all the places I visited, Bethel was the most welcoming. Everyone I met made me feel like they wanted me to be part of their community. I was really involved in high school and liked that I had the opportunity to be an athlete and musician at the college level. I also realized that I didn’t want big. I knew I wanted to do something in the sciences and that it would be tough. The student to teacher ratio was what I needed.
- What activities have you been involved in?
- I play soccer, am a Student Senator for my class, serve as Vice President for Student Activities Committee, member of the Multicultural Student Union, member of food committee, participated in the weekly chapel service, and play violin in the BC Orchestra.
- How are you different now from when you first arrived on campus?
- I’m not afraid to ask for help. When I first arrived I knew that college meant independence. I tried to do everything for myself and struggled. Now, I understand that staff, faculty, upperclassman, friends, they all want to help to you.
- For what are you most proud of Bethel?
- I am proud of the changes that are happening on campus with the buildings and general attitude. It’s all happening for the better.
- What has been your favorite course so far, and why?
- My Seminar on Diversity class! Typically Seminars at Bethel are reserved for upperclassmen but our Seminar on Diversity was all freshman. It was the first time Bethel even offered the class. The class was taught by two phenomenal professors. In the beginning we were all timid. No one wanted to be there or knew what to do, professors included, because it was such a new class. Then, we all opened up. We discussed tough topics and what we wanted from Bethel in terms of diversity. We grew together as a class. Eventually, the professors gave us the reins and we focused on our Convocation presentation. Our Convo addressed problems important to us and offered solutions. We gave people something to think about and got them talking. Overall we got an ’A’ on the Convo!
- Tell a quick story about a memorable moment from your Bethel days.
- Lighting of the Green! It’s an event the college has right before we leave for Christmas break. They turn all the lights off on the green, complete darkness. Patty Shelly leads it by singing and playing music. Everyone is provided with a candle and forms a big circle around the green. It was so magical and moving!
- What does it mean to be a Thresher?
- Being a Thresher is having an open heart, open mind, and open eyes to the world. It’s about figuring out how you can accomplish your goals and help others accomplish theirs. At the same time you know you will always have the best support system to come to your aide when times get tough. A Thresher is prepared with leadership tools to create change through the discipleship of Jesus Christ.